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How to Grow Cannabis Sativa

Step 1 - Planning

Planning:

It all starts with setting a goal and then creating a plan to reach that goal.

We need to ensure we plan accordingly and setup a clean environment that can support the healthy growth of your plants.

Things to consider: How large are your plants going to be? Are your seeds "Auto Flowers" or  "Feminized"?  Read this article for more detail 

Auto Flowers - This term describes "Cannabis ruderalis". This type of cannabis is NOT a photoperiod plant; but instead, it is genetically programmed to automatically flower after a specific amount of time. It is believed these originated from colder climates where the warm season is limited each year.

Average 60 days from seed to harvest 

Feminized - This term describes seeds that were obtained from forcing a female plant to produce seed with all female genetics. 

These are standard seeds and will continue to grow until you force them into the flowing stage. You do this by changing the light cycle to 12/12 or 12 hours of light and 12 hours or total undisturbed darkness.

Step 2 - Shopping

Shopping:

Once you have a plan in place, you should have a good idea of the things required to reach your goal.

Here is a short list of the things that are required:

Step 3 Setup

Now that you have completed your checklist you have everything you need to get started. 

Verify that you have holes in the bottom of your planter and then fill it with your soil.
You want to mix 15% - 20% Perlite to your soil to allow airflow for the roots.

Assemble your tent and secure your light to the top. It is a good idea to have adjustable lines to raise and lower your light more easily.
Next, setup your fans air flow. You should have at least an exit exhaust and an internal fan. Recommended to have an intake, exhaust and internal fan.

Test your airflow: This is easy if you are smoker, just blow some smoke and watch how it flows. You do not need tsunami strength winds in there, although some may argue it has many benefits. I just say that if your leaves are dancing, and air is moving in and out, you are good.